ponderosa pine

noun
pon·der·o·sa pine | \ˌpän-də-ˈrō-sə-, -zə-\

Definition of ponderosa pine 

: a tall pine (Pinus ponderosa) of western North America with long needles usually in groups of two or three also : its strong reddish straight-grained wood

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The uphill segment winds through thick stands of gambel oak, New Mexican locust and ponderosa pines. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Flagstaff hike: Rogers Trail hike is a lovely walk in the woods," 5 July 2018 Travel 12 miles on this twisting dirt road through big stands of ponderosa pine. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Cool off this summer at these lakes near Payson," 8 June 2018 The journey begins in northern Arizona’s ponderosa pine forest. William D’urso, Outside Online, "The Best Way to See the U.S. Is by Train," 1 July 2018 Still, a stronghold of hardy ponderosa pines, piñons, skunk bush and aspens have taken root in crevasses where water and organic materials provide hospitable conditions. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Volcanoes in Arizona: Sunset Crater hike shows off eruption's aftermath," 12 June 2018 Drive 25 miles south, through the charming extra tiny towns of Forks of Salmon and Callahan, to the Carter Meadows Summit Trailhead and hike the extremely mellow 1.7 miles shaded by ponderosa pines to Hidden Lake. Joe Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: Etna, California," 8 June 2018 In 2014, Fagen's workers removed a ponderosa pine tree that was 15 to 20 feet from the edge of property belonging to the person who hired them, according to The Bend Bulletin's archives. The Bulletin, OregonLive.com, "City of Redmond files $62,000 suit after company cuts down Christmas tree," 30 May 2018 Over the course of two weeks, the Highline Fire scorched nearly 7,200 acres, climbing right up the rocky walls of the Rim, then taking off into the ponderosa pine forest above. azcentral, "Into the water," 15 May 2018 During the competition, students had to answer such questions as whether a map of the U.S. shows homelessness or the literacy rate, the range of the black bear or a ponderosa pine, and ferry boardings versus minimum wage. Mark Thiessen, National Geographic, "30th Annual National Geographic Bee Winners Nail Tough Questions," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of ponderosa pine

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ponderosa pine

New Latin ponderosa, specific epithet of Pinus ponderosa, from Latin, feminine of ponderosus ponderous

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